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Luis Scola
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Houston Rockets  – No. 4
Born April 30, 1980 (1980-04-30) (age 29)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality Argentine / Spanish[1]
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
League NBA
Salary $3,284,667
College None
Draft 2nd round, 55th overall, 2002
San Antonio Spurs
Pro career 1996–present
Former teams Ferro Carril Oeste (Argentina) (1996-98)
Gijón Baloncesto (Spain 2nd) (1998-00)
Saski Baskonia (Spain 1st) (2000-07)
Awards 2000 Spanish League Rookie of the Year
2000 FIBA Americas Under-20 Championship MVP
2005 Spanish Supercup MVP
2x Spanish League MVP 2005, 2007
All-Euroleague Second Team 2005
2x All-Euroleague First Team 2006, 2007
2x FIBA Americas Championship MVP 2007, 2009
2008 NBA All-Rookie First Team
Profile Info Page

Luis Alberto Scola Balvoa (born April 30, 1980 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine professional basketball player. The 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) power forward-center for the Argentine national team is currently signed with the NBA's Houston Rockets. He formerly was a Euroleague star with the ACB's Saski Baskonia. He has dual citizenship: Argentine and Spanish.[2]


Professional career



Scola started his career with the Buenos Aires youth teams of Ferro Carril Oeste. He made his professional debut with the same club's pro team in the Argentine league during the 1995-96 season.


Cabitel Gijón

After the 1997-98 basketball season in the Argentine League, Scola moved to Spain where he helped the then Spanish League Second Division club Cabitel Gijón achieve promotion to the Spanish League First Division. He then signed with Saski Baskonia, but stayed with Gijón through the 1999-2000 season, before moving to TAU, where he played for seven seasons.

Saski Baskonia

With Saski Baskonia, Scola reached the Euroleague final in the 2000-01 season and three consecutive Euroleague Final Fours between 2005 and 2007. His outstanding performances earned him an All-Euroleague Second Team selection in 2005, as well as two All-Euroleague First Team selections in 2006 and 2007.

Although Scola did not manage to win the Euroleague championship with Baskonia, he did win with them every major Spanish League title, winning a Spanish ACB League championship in 2002, 3 Spanish Cups in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 3 Spanish Supercups in 2005, 2006, 2007.

NBA career

In the summer of 2005, the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA (who drafted Scola in 2002) attempted to negotiate with Baskonia to buy out his contract. After initially throwing around numbers as large as $1.5 million, Baskonia eventually settled on a still higher number of over $3 million dollars for the contract. This made it difficult for Scola to join fellow Argentina national team member Manu Ginóbili in San Antonio because of the NBA's rule which limits teams to paying no more than $500,000 of a player's buyout.[3] Scola would have been responsible for paying Baskonia the remaining $2.5 million. When the deal to buy out Scola's contract fell through, the Spurs instead signed an Argentine national team teammate and friend of Scola's Fabricio Oberto.

Houston Rockets

On July 12, 2007, the Spurs traded the rights to Scola, along with center-forward Jackie Butler, to the Houston Rockets in return for Vassilis Spanoulis, a future second-round draft pick, and cash considerations. He signed with the Rockets soon after[4] and his sticky buyout situation was resolved a few days later.[5] Scola signed a three-year contract with the Rockets, at a salary of $9.5 million.

Scola placed third in the NBA 2007-08 Rookie of the Year Award voting[6] and he was also named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. On March 13, 2010, he scored a career high 44 points against the New Jersey Nets.

Argentine national basketball team

Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Argentina
Men's Basketball
Gold 2004 Athens National Team
Bronze 2008 Beijing National Team
FIBA World Championship
Silver 2002 USA National Team
FIBA Americas Championship
Bronze 1999 San Juan National Team
Gold 2001 Neuquén National Team
Silver 2003 San Juan National Team
Silver 2007 Las Vegas National Team
Bronze 2009 San Juan National Team

With Argentina's junior national teams, Scola won the gold medal at the 1995 South American Cadet Championship, the gold medal at the 1996 South American Junior Championship, the gold medal at the 2000 FIBA Americas Under-20 Championship, and the bronze medal at the 2001 FIBA Under-21 World Championship.

As a member of the senior Argentine National Team, Scola has won numerous medals. With his country's senior national team he won the following medals: the silver medal at the 1999 South American Championship, the bronze medal at the 1999 FIBA Americas Championship, the gold medal at the 2001 FIBA Americas Championship, the silver medal at the 2002 FIBA World Championship, the silver medal at the 2003 FIBA Americas Championship, the gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Basketball Tournament, the silver medal at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Basketball Tournament, and the bronze medal at the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.

Titles and medals

Club level

Argentine national team


Club level

Argentine national team

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2007–08 Houston 82 39 24.7 .515 .000 .668 6.4 1.3 .7 .2 10.3
2008–09 Houston 82 82 30.3 .531 .000 .760 8.8 1.5 .8 .1 12.7
Career 164 121 27.5 .523 .000 .716 7.6 1.4 .8 .1 11.5


2007–08 Houston 6 6 36.7 .448 .000 .686 9.3 1.3 .7 .2 14.0
2008–09 Houston 13 13 32.6 .494 .000 .673 8.4 1.8 .5 .2 14.4
Career 19 19 33.9 .480 .000 .679 8.7 1.6 .6 .2 14.3


  1. ^ Player Profile.
  2. ^ Player Profile - SCOLA, LUIS.
  3. ^ Larry Coon's NBA Salary Cap FAQ. July 11, 2007
  4. ^ San Antonio's 2002 draft pick Scola signs with Rockets. July 17, 2007
  5. ^ Scola buyout issue is resolved. July 17, 2007
  6. ^ Kevin Durant Named T-Mobile Rookie of the Year.

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